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Is the Body Just a Prison for the Soul?

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April 30, 2020 1:00 am

Is the Body Just a Prison for the Soul?

Core Christianity / Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier

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Episode 434 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions.

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Key questions answered in today's show:

1.  In Luke chapter 6, I would like you to expound where it is speaking about bringing judgment against somebody else, about being judgmental.

2.  Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday?

3.  My question has to do with this matter that God is not willing that any should perish. If that is the case, how do you square that with what it says in God’s word that says God wants all people to be saved?  

4.  I’m really confused by what Paul means about spiritual bodies in 1 Corinthians. I go to a church where people talk a lot about one day having spiritual bodies and maybe I’m confused because I grew up catholic but I thought that we were supposed to be raised with physical bodies, but a friend showed me  1 Corinthians 15  and now I’m not sure. Can you clear this up for me?

5.  What did Jesus mean when he said that he was the way in  John 14:6. I ask because I have some friends who go to a more liberal church and insist that Jesus is not the only way to salvation and when I brought up this passage they told me that it didn’t apply to people who practiced other religious because they can follow the light they have received and that Jesus only meant to apply that to Jews because Jesus is the fulfillment of their covenant. Is this right?


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Some churches today claim that Jesus is a way to salvation, but not the way. Is that true. That's just one of the questions will be answering on today's edition of core Christianity by Bill Meyer along with Pastor Israel Sanchez and this is the radio program where we answer your questions about the Christian life every day. You can call us anytime with your question. At 833. The core that's 833-843-2673 and you can email us at questions at core, during this coronavirus situation. Sometimes it can be easy for us to get frustrated with some of the political conflict that we hear about on the news every day, but a drill I found a story about one politician who is serving his country on the front lines. His name is Leo Rancourt. He is the Prime Minister of Ireland and he's also a doctor, and last month he decided to volunteer with his country's national health service to offer an extra hand in fighting the coronavirus prior to our going into politics. Prime Minister Rucker spent seven years working as a physician at St. James Hospital in Dublin. The Prime Minister is trained as a general practitioner and he rejoined his country's medical register so he could offer up his services to Ireland's health services once a week is not cool while yeah that is really cool what it would a picture of service to me that's the kind you want from from a politician right very much so I can imagine him being a patient and all of a sudden there's the Prime Minister coming yeah I'm sure there's a great illustration there for you know the incarnation, you know, the eternal son of God coming down to us in getting his hands dirty by ministering to you. I'm sorry. As a pastor you know me, I'm just always thinking okay that could be a sermon illustration I love that I will go to our first call of the day, this one from Robert hello chapter 6, I would like to bring judgment against somebody else so that all kinds of questions for Linda hope and pray and trust the Lord will work my life and hope are the eyes of my understanding. God bless you all.

And of course your listers I Laura sure love appreciate your program target to short half now is to be near enough time and a lot of the core Christianity program very much. Many thanks and God bless you all about Robert, thank you for those words and you know you're right we could spend all day talking about the Scriptures and unpacking passages even just this one that you've brought up from Luke chapter 6M and read verses 37 through 42 Jesus said judge not, and you will not be judged and condemned not in you will not be condemned for giving you will be forgiven. Given, it will be given to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over will be put into your lap with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. He also told them a parable can a blind man lead a blind man will they not both fall into a pit disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher what he see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye.

How can you say your brother brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eyes when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye you hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

Robert II hear it all the time and I'm sure you've heard it as well.

You're not supposed to judge this is if there is one verse that people can quote Jesus on I think it's these kinds of verses were Jesus talks about not judging its don't judge Jesus said don't judge what we really have to understand the context because I think a lot of folks misunderstand this passage and take Jesus out of context here and here is up. As Jesus often did.

Jesus is sticking it to the Pharisees who were no religious hypocrites they would judge others for their sin.

While inside their hearts were filled to the brim with unrighteousness, evil Jesus a look if you make a judgment.

If you try to help correct someone make sure that you don't have a palm tree in your eye.

Will you try to take the toothpick out of your brother's eye. It's a call for humility and a call for repentance and it's really directed toward the Pharisees. It's not Jesus saying, don't ever judge mean we have to realize me there all sorts of judgments that the Scriptures make Scripture calls us to judge between right and wrong and I think that's really difficult for a lot of people in the society that we live in the postmodern world, but doesn't want to make moral judgments when just say whatever you want to believe is fine, whatever you want to do is fine and didn't Jesus support that he said. Don't judge well no that's not at all what Jesus meant Jesus over and over again in the Gospels makes moral judgments yes no problem calling evil, evil and good good here. He's talking about not being a hypocrite when you judge he's calling out the Pharisees. As I said, you know Paul when he wrote to the Corinthians.

He said the Christians ought to judge those who work in the church should hold one another accountable. We don't help each other out by overlooking the sin in our own lives or the sin that exists in the church and I think frankly that the world can see right through us. When would hypocritically we point the finger at everyone else but were not willing to deal with sin in our own lives with the hypocrisy that we can have as believers with the sin that we see in the church. What's a huge problem. Jesus said don't judge like that.

Don't judge like the Pharisees, but we certainly must and should make judgments that the people of God should call that which is good good and call that which is evil, evil, great response, and Robert, thank you so much for your question. We pray that that was helpful to we have an email that came in from Betty by the way our email addresses questions at core, If you have a question for us and Betty has this question for Israel. Why was the Sabbath changed from Saturday to Sunday is so funny Betty I was just walking to my car the other morning headed actually here where I met right out of the church state to do some work and a man saw me walking with my Bible and he just started shouting out you're not supposed to worship on Sunday. Sunday worship on Sunday is the mark of the beast and I didn't have too much time to chat with him, but I did give him my email. He still hasn't emailed me. Hopefully he reaches out to me. All that to say you know this. This question is one that people are really passionate about and not just you know that the random guy on the street you know their whole denominations their movements that say we have to worship on Saturday because the Sabbath was on Saturday so Christians worship on Sunday are not really pleasing to the Lord.

What we have to again, go to the Scriptures and what we find when we look at the New Testament, is that the disciples of Jesus almost immediately, were beginning to gather together on Sunday on the first day of the week and so two verses of Scripture that I would go to the show. This acts chapter 20 verse seven says on the first day of the week when we were gathered together to break bread, Paul, talk with them intending to depart on the next day and he prolonged his speech until midnight.

A couple of things there. One breaking bread is probably a reference to the Lord's supper. So this is the church gathering their coming together on the first day of the week and to Paul is preaching and note he prolonged his speech until midnight so next time you're complaining about your dear pastor's sermon gone for a few minutes over all fall. He was long-winded, he dies, he is, he taught the word of God. But the point is, the Christians were gathering on the first day of the week. Acts chapter 20 verse of another passage I would I would go to his first Corinthians chapter 16 verses one into concerning the collection for the saints as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are due on the first day of every week.

Each of you is to put something aside and stored up as he may prosper so that there will be no collecting when I come again all is assuming there that the Christians are gathering together on the first day of the week there hearing the word there breaking bread participating in the ordinance that Jesus gave the Lord's supper there even taken offering a collection for the poor and for those who are in need and so the reality that we see in the New Testament is that the Christians were gathering on Sunday. Now why were they doing that. The reason that they gathered on Sunday as opposed to Saturdays because of the resurrection of Jesus.

The resurrection of Jesus ushered in the dawn of a new era. Jesus rose again on the first day of the week we might call the eighth day.

It's a picture of something new a new week really a picture of new creation. We worship on Sunday is a way of commemorating that Jesus rose again from the dead, showing the world that already through Jesus right now. The new creation has started to break in on this world.

It really is and it had to be something big shifted the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday and that's what we get in the resurrection of Jesus. It's the dawn of the new era, the new creation breaking in on us. We have according to Hebrews chapter 4 verse three as believers entered into the Sabbath rest of God in Jesus Christ. And that's why we worship on Sunday in real that's a wonderful response to that question let me just ask you a more general question that deals with that.

It seems like there are some Christians in some denominations that tend to major in the minors that you know we have these, like us, we might call them openhanded issues. Enclosed handed issues in the church in the closed ended issues need to be the tenants of our faith. The basic building blocks that we never wanted apart from but then there are those things that are more openhanded of where would you say that the Sabbath argument falls yeah well you know it's it really is a good question and boy it's true, we do have a tendency to focus on on the minors and I think that's one of the ways that we keep the gospel from continuing to advance you know I think the devil if he could get us focusing on the small things that we want to divide over as opposed to the core Christian truths that we should be seeking to spread throughout the world.

I think that he's it's it's part of a strategy and at least as far as this question is concerned, you know, it's clear to me in the New Testament is. I mean I quoted from acts and from first Corinthians that the Christians were gathering together on Sunday and that supposed to be us a sign of what Jesus has done them in the reality of the resurrection from the dead, and certainly the resurrection from the dead is one of those cardinal doctrines that is at the forefront of what it means to be a Christian. It is core Christianity.

Whether you worship on Saturday or on Sunday I was I was a part of a church plant years ago and we couldn't meet on Sunday morning because that the facility that we wanted to rent the didn't have space for us on Sunday morning and so week we had a Saturday evening service now ordinarily I would be opposed to that because I think that there's something unique about gathering together on Sunday on the Lord's day. I think that there's a symbolic meaning there that that we get from the Scriptures but do I think that you know the Christians that are gathering together on Saturday night because they can't come together on Sunday morning are sitting or doing something wrong or overt that they are not pleasing to the Lord when they come together no ghetto high I get it did not understand what they're trying to do and so I think that we have to be careful that we don't draw severe judgments on the basis of some of these other issues may be that on at the core of the Christian faith as you say, Bill, and that's what role about your core Christianity helping you to understand the basic tenants of the Christian faith. You can always call us with your question at 1-833-843-2673.

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The core was go to another call. I know I went in Orland Park, Illinois, and my question has to do with this matter of God is not willing that any should perish, so I'd like to know since that's the case, how do you square that with what God's word says about God wanting all people to be saved so I'd like you to address that particular issue. If you can. Thank you yeah Joe there are two passages of Scripture that you are referring to the first when it was second Peter chapter 3 verse nine, where Peter in the context of talking about the coming of the Lord and how some people work you know they were getting tired or wondering where is where Jesus denies that he is in a come at he's taking his time and Peter says in in second Peter 39 the Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should reach repentance. The other passage that you referred to is in first Timothy chapter 2 in the context of that passage is. Is Paul encouraging Timothy to pray for all people and then in verses three and four. He says this is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth of God is revealed to us Joe that he loves the world, sinners, we have to take these verses at face value. You know, and affirm the truth that this revealed to us there and yet at the same time we know that not everyone is saved.

Jesus said very clearly in Matthew chapter 7 verse 13 enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. This is an an an easy question. It's been answered in various ways by some of the greatest minds of the Christian church but let me give you the answer. I think the best we have to distinguish between God's revealed will and God's creative will of God is revealed to us his love for mankind. He calls all people everywhere to repent. Yet God by his decree has allowed people to reject him and those people perish that we don't know why God allows certain things were called to lay hold of what he has revealed to us and that is that the gospel is going out to the whole world and God commands all people everywhere to repent and I can say honestly God is not willing that any should perish. Why because the word of God says that and I think the word of God seriously. Secondly, I think it's also clearly not that passage you mentioned in first Timothy two. It's clear in the context of that passage that Paul is encouraging us to pray for all kinds of people, because he says that text. Pray for all people that he explains what he means. Back in verse two pieces for kings and for all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way that I think there's another you just a practical application for us here Joe, the authorities and that they weren't always very favorable toward the Christians yet here we have an encouragement for us people and the politicians we might look at with disdain Christians. God calls us to pray for them to say what God we trust what you've revealed in your word. We know that you are sovereign in your purposes. We don't understand why you've decreed her allowed certain things what you've allowed is seen in every instance are allowed people to turn away from you. We know God, you are able to make all things work together for the good of those who love you and are called according to your purpose. Your listing the core Christianity with pastor Israel Sanchez and eight really want to tell our listeners about a very special offer we have today. We got a lot of people right now with the coronavirus situation that are discouraged and some are even depressed and we have a special resource on depression under a biblical perspective on that. Thanks Bill were excited to share helpful resource on core, It's called nine things everyone needs to know about depression. It's free when you sign up for a weekly newsletter you know right now, especially with everything going on because of the coronavirus. A lot of us are isolated were home alone. We don't have the kind of community fellowship that we typically do it sort of a dangerous mixture, especially for those who already struggle with wrestle with depression and so we want to get this in your hands. I know that it's going to be encouraging to you to get a fix your eyes on the word of God. Some of the practical wisdom. This could help you in this time and so we created this resource to give a foundational understanding of what depression is and how Christians can best help someone who suffers from depression had over the core, to download nine things everyone needs to know about depression and can also call us anytime and ask that resource.

The number is 833-843-2673 or you can spell it out in your phone, 833. The core drill. Kim posted this on our Facebook page she says I'm really confused by what Paul means about spiritual bodies in first Corinthians. I go to a church where people talk a lot about one day having spiritual bodies and maybe I'm confused because I grew up Catholic and I thought we were supposed to be raised with physical bodies, but a friend shall be first Corinthians 15 and now I'm not sure. Can you clear this up for me that's a great question first 20 in chapter 15 verse 44 to start their limit is give you some of the back on the context. Paul is talking about the resurrection of the dead. There was apparently this controversy in Corinth related to the resurrection. Some people were calling the resurrection into question.

Some are even suggesting that the resurrection had already happened and so Paul needs to go into this in depth because I said earlier on the program. This is core Christianity. This is the essence of of our faith.

Doctors like the resurrection from the dead, and so Paul in verse 44, talking about the resurrection says is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, the first man Adam became a living being the last Adam became a life-giving spirit but is not the spiritual that is first, but the natural and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of the dust. The second man is from heaven, and so some people have misinterpreted this to mean that the resurrection from the body is just the sort of spiritual reality and that's exactly what the apostle Paul is actually arguing against interest in this chapter he sees wanting the Christians to know that it's not just a sort of spiritual thing that happens, working to physically be raised from the dead, and so you had the right idea before sister Kim, the resurrection, if you want to know what our bodies are to be be like in the resurrection from the dead. We have to just look to Jesus because earlier and in first Corinthians pulses that Jesus is the firstfruits of the resurrection from the dead.

What he meant by that is were all a part of that harvest that resurrection harvest. Jesus was raised first because we are in Jesus, working to be raised just as he was raised and what kind of a body did he have well it was a physical body you think about what he said to Thomas after the resurrection. He said he Thomas put your hands here in my hand feel the wound right here in my side or just a little bit later and in John's Gospel after the account with doubting Thomas. You have Jesus sitting on the beach with Peter and the disciples cooking a meal fish for breakfast and eating John in first John when he begins his epistle. He talks about that which we have seen the word of life we handled it with our hands. This is so important in the early Christian church.

There was a heresy was called Gnosticism, and it denied the resurrection of the body atop the matter was bad and all over the place in the New Testament, the opposite is affirmed. Actually what God is created is good. We've sinned, but God is restoring his good creation. Even our bodies and for those of us fruit for many of you who are weak. You struggle with sickness, depression, even we were just talking about depression this this mental illness. Imagine the hope that the resurrection of the body gives us no more depression no more weakness no more cancer, no more exhaustion. That's what we have the hope of in the resurrection we see it in Jesus's resurrected body and so when Paul is talking about spiritual body series.

Not talking about us becoming spirits or something like that is talking about having glorified bodies. The term spiritual is is used to distinguish between what is not of this corrupted world.

The world is the flesh or of the flesh is Paul sometimes is elsewhere using that word flesh very specifically to refer to the stuff of this world of this present evil age, the perfected heavenly world is spiritual in the sense that it is the spirit of God, whose raised us, restored us, given us a body like Jesus's body and so hopefully that helps you utilize a set I think you're on the right track before and what I hope we have in the resurrection of the dead Israel.

We have time just for one last question. This one comes from Emily who emailed us and she said what does Jesus mean when he said that he was the way in John 14 six I asked because I have some friends who go to a more liberal church and they insist that Jesus is not the only way to salvation, and when I brought up this passage. They told me that it doesn't apply to people who practice other religions because they can follow the light. They have received and that Jesus only meant that to apply to Jews because Jesus is the fulfillment of their covenant, is that right know it's it's not right. Emily, we just have to understand what Jesus is saying here.

He says in John 14 six I am the way the truth and the life.

No one comes to the father except through me. And he's not just saying I am the way for the Jews. He saying I am the way for the world the Greco-Roman world unit during the time of Jesus was very religiously pluralistic.

Kind of like our society is today.

What I mean by that is, they had no problem embracing and making room for all sorts of different views as a Roman citizen you might worship the emperor along with some pagan deities that you would picked up in your youth and maybe another God you discovered through a friend or a neighbor. The temptation for you would be to add Jesus to your deck of cards.

The more the merrier. Christianity was different because it called people to lay down every object of worship, and said this one Jesus is the way that's what Jesus says here it's believe that such a statement is arrogant. A lot of people say there are many ways to God many paths up the mountain and the reason I think he will say this is because they feel like it's more inclusive. They think the statement is humble, but it isn't when you say Jesus isn't the only way but there are many ways you're speaking from the vantage point of someone who is already made it up to the top of the mountain, you're assuming all religions that claim exclusivity are wrong and that you know that each of them is the legitimate expression of faith. You're talking like you have the right perspective, we need to trust Jesus on this because he rose again from the dead. He said I am the way the truth and the life. Why, because he alone provided atonement for our sins and rose again from the dead and is alive right now. Thanks for listening to court Christianity to request your copy of today's special offer.

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